Each year, National Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies train more than 15 million people in first aid. There are currently more than 180,000 active first aid trainers serving their communities, making first aid available for all.
Why is this so important? Because when a disaster strikes, no first responder can respond as quickly as a neighbour or family member. And when that person knows first aid, crisis can be averted, and lives can be saved.
For more than 100 years, the Red Cross and Red Crescent has been a world leader in establishing training standards and in developing procedures and guidelines. Drawing on our extensive experience we have helped shape the world’s understanding of, and approach to, first aid.
The International first aid and resuscitation guidelines 2016 are designed to help National Societies expand their work in this important area. They build on our extensive experience, and draw on evidence that has been gathered over thepast two decades, evidence drawn from existing literature, programme evaluations, and advice from experts.
The 2016 guidelines are targeted at National Societies’ first aid programme managers and their first aid advisory bodies. National Societies can use these guidelines to update their first aid materials, education and skills in accordance with the latest evidence-based international standards. Each topic within this document includes an introduction and summary of the scientific findings, evidence-based guidelines and implementation considerations for National Societies to adapt and apply according to their local needs, circumstances and government legislation. This document represents the first stage in an ongoing IFRC effort to provide National Societies with evidence-based guidance for first aid, resuscitation and education through the work of our Evidence-Based Network.